Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
           22 May, 2022

Category:  Press » Kids & Teens


Kids at Risk: Assessing Diet and Exercise Behaviors in Adolescents

         Views: 1939
2007-01-29 03:03:00     

Do adolescents get enough exercise and eat the right foods? Is there too much fat in their diets? In a study published in the February 2007 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers analyzed the behavior of almost 900 11-to-15 year-olds and found that nearly 80% had multiple physical activity and dietary risk behaviors, almost half had at least three risk behaviors, and only 2% met all four of the health guidelines in the study.

Using both physical measurements and surveying techniques, four behaviors were assessed: physical activity, television viewing time, percent calories from fat, and daily servings of fruits and vegetables. In addition, parental health behaviors were sampled.

Fifty-five percent of adolescents did not meet the physical activity guideline, although significantly more boys (59%) than girls (33.6%) did meet the standard. About 30% exceeded 2 hours of television viewing time and the majority of the sample did not meet dietary standards. Only 32% and 11.9% of the sample met the recommendations for fat consumption and servings of fruits and vegetables, respectively.

There was some evidence that parents' health behaviors were associated with adolescents' health behaviors. For the girls, two parent health behaviors-never smoking and meeting fruit and vegetable guidelines-were associated with fewer adolescent risk behaviors. Parents' number of risk behaviors was weakly but positively associated with a higher number of risk behaviors in boys.

Writing in the article, Alvaro Sanchez, PhD, states, "These findings contribute to the body of evidence that most adolescents fail to meet multiple diet and physical activity guidelines and continue to be in need of interventions that target multiple behaviors. Although health promotion programs frequently target multiple behaviors, little is known about the best approaches to stimulating multiple behavior change...Further research is needed to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of different strategies for promoting multiple behavior change in adolescence."

The article is "Patterns and Correlates of Physical Activity and Nutrition Behaviors in Adolescents" by Alvaro Sanchez, PhD (Basque Health Department Fellow at University of California, San Diego), Gregory J. Norman, PhD (University of California, San Diego), James F. Sallis, PhD (San Diego State University), Karen J. Calfas, PhD (San Diego State University), John Cella, MD (Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, San Diego) and Kevin Patrick, MD, MS (University of California, San Diego). It appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 32, Issue 2 (February 2007) published by Elsevier.

Specialized in: Diet - Exercise Behaviors - Adolescents
URL: http://www.elsevier.com
Print press release      Bookmark this page
Related Press releases 
Peanuts Celebrates 60 Years (Popularity: ): Saturday, October 2 marks the 60th anniversary of PEANUTS by Charles M. Schulz. First launched in only seven papers, the comic strip now appears in over 2,200 newspapers, in 75 countries and 21 languages. PEANUTS animated specials have become a seasonal tradition and thousands of consumer products are available in virtually all retail channels. Charlie Brown kicking the football, Linus and his blanket and Lucy leaning over Schroeder's piano are ...
YWCA Greater Los Angeles Honors Venus Williams with Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award (Popularity: ): The YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) will honor multiple grand slam tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams at its upcoming Phenomenal Woman Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 11:30am - 2pm. The event will be held in downtown Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 500 S. Grand Avenue and is themed "Saluting Women who Change the Game".The Phenomenal Woman Awards fundraiser draws Southern California's top ...
World's Youngest Editor-in-Chief 11 Year old Ajha Nicole Dortch of Atlanta Travels to Tampa With her A.N.D. Magazine Collecting Shoes Benefiting Haiti Relief (Popularity: ): Ajha Nicole Dortch is the 11 year old Editor-in-Chief of A.N.D. Magazine. Launching what could be the first ever Pre-teen magazine by Pre-teens and for Pre-teens.Since 2009 with her inaugural issue featuring independent women, then 10 year old Ajha Nicole Dortch has combined her love of writing with her love of fashion. "I've put my all into this magazine," says Ajha. "So why not call it by my name?" The ...
U.S. News Media Group Releases Rankings of Best Children's Hospitals (Popularity: ): U.S. News Media Group today released its fourth annual rankings of Best Children's Hospitals, available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands July 27. Best Children's Hospitals 2010-11, the most extensive set of listings of its kind, includes an Honor Roll of eight pediatric hospitals that ranked in all 10 specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, heart and heart ...
Families Fighting Flu Commends the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Recommendation for Universal Influenza Vaccination (Popularity: ): Families Fighting Flu (FFF) fully supports today's vote by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to expand the current influenza vaccination recommendations to include all adults aged 19 to 49 years of age. Previous recommendations included all other age groups with the exception of this new adult population. This new recommendation will be implemented beginning with the 2010-2011 influenza season."The ACIP's vote ...

Related Business 
Risktaking.co.uk (Popularity: ): An introduction to the psychology of risk-taking behavior, focusing upon the personality profiles associated with high-risk sports and health-risk behaviors.
HHealth Directory Diet Links (Popularity: ): HoodiaMaxx is an diet and weightloss directory providing diet tips, health articles, links, and reviews about dieting, nutrition, exercise and diet links related.
Diet Bites (Popularity: ): Articles relating to diet, nutrition, exercise and health.
Steering Behaviors (Popularity: ): Description of techniques to autonomously steer vehicles through a predefined virtual world. Simple behaviors (e.g. obstacle avoidance) can be combined to create more complex behaviors.
Diet Advice UK (Popularity: ): UK focused diet website detailing the popular diet plans and diet tablets for UK consumers. Diet plans such as the Tesco Diet compared to WeightWatchers as well as comparions of herbal diet
Natural Diet Pills (Popularity: ): Ambliq Natura Natural diet pills helps you in losing weight in a very natural way without forcing you to strict diet regimes and rigorous weight loss exercise. These natural diet pills are one of the best weight loss medicines that are natural and effective in helping you to get back in shape.
Blood Pressure Diet (Popularity: ): The wholesome diet organization that reduces the chances of having a hunch fight is largely transcendent by the majority of grouping at risk.
Advice On Planning Blight and Risk (Popularity: ): As a developer and / or community You want to know what risks you run with plan development. One of the risks Involved in development planning is the planning blight risk. We work for you as a developer in planning with estate planning blight risk register Appraisers. This Estate Appraisers have a minimum of 10 years Registry experience with planning blight risk in Assessing Risk for parties planning blight.
Kids Flyer Wagons (Popularity: ): Buy Kids Wagons Online with Free Shipping. We offer Kids Wagons, Kids Flyer wagons, Radio Flyer Wagons Scooters, Ride On Toys, and Kids Tricycles! Kids tricycles roll fun, exercise and learning into one experience. We carry the best designs to choose from. Classic Red Radio Flyer Tricycles remain the most popular brand of kids tricycles.
Heart Health Supplements (Popularity: ): With The right nutritional support, a healthy diet, regular exercise and ideal weight you may dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease. Herbalife's Heart Health products use cutting-edge science and quality ingredients to give you the advanced and protection your heart needs.